We all have a plan for our writing, just maybe not a good one. It may be spoken or not, written or not. But, in order to be successful, we must set personal and professional goals.
- Maintain personal goal cards or a goal journal.
- Set personal monthly goals and record follow through.
- Daily, weekly, and yearly goals (plus 3 and 5 year goals) are strongly suggested.
- Find a goal partner. Encourage and challenge each other to meet goals and provide support for unmet goals.
- Goals need to be measurable, attainable, and with a specified timetable. They must also require intentional effort and challenge the writer to move beyond the comfortable.
Consider for a moment…
- What stops us from setting goals and/or following through?
- Work on our strengths, do not try to improve our weaknesses.
- Get the new 2015 Christian Writers’ Market Guide.
- Always bring something to be critiqued…our group is not just for encouragement and support, but for challenging each other too.
Decisions (by Evangeline Colbert)
- When we make a decision, it means we cut off all other options. We don’t waver in whether or not to do it nor do we look for alternatives.
- There is a “firmness” about a decision that empowers us and keeps us on target toward the goal.
- When we choose to be confident and make a decision, it is like having faith and faith pleases God.
- As we move forward in that decision, God begins to open doors, bringing resources and people to give us what we need AND even unexpected surprises to get to the next step in the process.